In the aftermath of the devastaing tornados that hit the state of Oklahoma, many Acts 29 pastors have banded together to spearhead relief and rebuilding efforts.The following post from Pastor Andrew Burkhart explains how you can join with them to help the people of Oklahoma.
by Andrew Burkhart
As most of you know, multiple tornadoes ripped through parts of Oklahoma on May 18th, May 20th, and May 31st, killing almost fifty people and destroying thousands upon thousands of homes. The city of Moore, the city in which I live and pastor, was hit harder than any other city in Oklahoma.
Immediately after the events on May 20th, pastors and leaders from local Acts 29 churches gathered together to create Serve Moore, (see www.servemoore.com), a collaborative effort of multiple churches ...
The four biographies of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) spill over into their natural conclusion, the book of the Acts of the Apostles. The twenty-eight chapters of Acts are filled with gospel-dominated people committed to evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
Jesus, living and heralding the gospel, poured into men who built churches that built men that planted churches that built men that planted churches, and that continues to this day. To not be "in step" with the building of churches that build men that build churches is to not be "in step" with God. Evangelism, discipleship, and church planting are at the center of the bulls-eye of God's plans for this church age in which you and I exist. It will change when Jesus comes back to make all things new, ...
How would you describe the level of your intensity for the mission of Jesus? Have you grown more or less intense over time? I look forward to addressing this issue at the Orlando Boot Camp in January. After years of coaching church planters, I remain both inspired and troubled. I’m inspired by the caliber of men that God is raising up to plant churches today.
Regularly, I sit across from gifted men who love Jesus, demonstrate theological clarity and possess a refreshing sense of authenticity. We are brothers and partners in a common mission of being disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus. But I confess that I am often troubled when I spend time with church planters. I’m not troubled by the typical arrogance or impatience that often appears as the shadow ...
by Matt Chandler, President
Over the next couple of weeks I want to publicly state what my hopes are for the Acts 29 Network. My hopes aren’t complex and seem to me to be no-brainers, even though it might take years before some of them are a reality. I will be and am currently putting my efforts and influence to work in these directions. Today and for the first one I’ll state the obvious:
I want us to plant churches that plant churches.
There are endless good and biblical things that we could set our energies and zeal on but that’s not why A29 was created. My hope is not that we would simply plant churches but that we would plant churches that plant churches that plant churches. That from the very beginning of an Acts 29 plant, the pastor and the people would have a ...
As a young church planter I wanted a tribe to belong to. So, I started gathering a few other young church planters for mutual learning, accountability, and encouragement. Before long, Mars Hill Church was formally supporting church planters in both the U.S. and India. Then, I met Pastor David Nicholas, whose Spanish River Church had generously supported church planters for many years. Together, we founded the Acts 29 church-planting network.
For the first years, the network offices were housed in Florida, as David served as our president. Then the offices were moved to Seattle when I assumed the presidency. Since that time, David has passed on to see the Jesus he loved face to face, and Acts 29 has grown rapidly, now totaling more than 400 churches in the U.S., as well as ...